Zoeva Bamboo Edition, Vol. 2

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I feel like you guys have asked me tons of questions lately about Zoeva brushes, and I want to make a few things clear:

  1. thus far, they are the best quality brushes I’ve ever owned and used
  2. I use at least one Zoeva brush every single day

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of their newest releases: The Bamboo collection Vol. 2, which comes in this gorgeous metallic-gold-lined-interior cylinder, and comes with a plethora of brushes, enough to do pretty much anything you would want to do to your face. And: they’re vegan.

The downside? It may be nitpick-y, but I don’t enjoy the brown-tipped edges of the brush heads. I find that it makes me think they are dirty, even when they are clean. I know that it aligns with the whole bamboo theme, but instead it just looks slightly dirty. 

Other than that minor gripe, I have to say, you simply cannot go wrong with a set of Zoeva brushes. I prefer them over MAC brushes, Sigma brushes, and even Real Techniques brushes (other than the foundation/buffing style brushes–RT is the bomb for that).

These retail for a whopping €65 (euro) but I think if you don’t own a complete set of Zoeva brushes, and you have the money to splurge, it’s worth it. These brushes last forever. If you’re on a budget, feel free to skip them and go for the Eco Tools line at drugstores–they’re fantastic alternatives!

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Budget Alternatives

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Cups

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I found these amazing parfait-like kid-friendly treat cups on Pinterest, and, being the kid that I am, I couldn’t help myself. I had to make them. I made sure to document the whole process so you could see how easy it is to recreate! I cannot take credit for the idea as I found this on Pinterest (linked here) so make sure you check out that Pin — I think her cups were a better choice! I will say that I am super impressed I was able to find all of the ingredients for this cute little snack at my local drugstore. Never had to set foot in the grocery store. (And as someone who is mildly aversive to grocery stores and their monstrous selection, this was fantastic.)Read & Comment →

Currently: Bedside Table

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When it comes to Spring cleaning, I actually totally dread it–but after I’m done, I’m so glad I forced myself to endure through the odious task of chucking out the old to make way for tidiness. I have a horrible habit of accruing things and never putting them away in their proper place. To get myself motivated each year, I begin with my bedside table. What you didn’t see was that before these shots were taken, I had amassed a total of 12 hardback books, in two stacks, with their spines facing outward–a constant reminder of what I had planned to start but couldn’t quite get to.Read & Comment →

Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

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It’s rare that I get up and talk to you about a single product in a blog post, but this deserves to be mentioned. I’m in love with a lotion–and I’m pretty sure it loves me back (at least, my skin thinks so). I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was from Vaseline. Their new serum-based restorative lotion (called Vaseline Intensive Care™ Healing Serum) has my hands clapping in celebration, because finally there is a lotion that 1) sinks in quickly 2) moisturizes deeply 3) doesn’t feel sticky and 4) smells intoxicating. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your hands on it (hooray!).Read & Comment →

Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015

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I have been a fan of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent since last year, which is a relatively short amount of time when you count up how many years Bronze Goddess has been a “thing”. Every year the beauty conglomerate releases the fragrance (often in new packaging) and every year it sells out, never to be bought again…until the very next year.

This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle in advance of the release, so I could share this year’s packaging update with you all. On the left you’ll see last year’s packaging, which featured a pretty, mirrored gold finish. This year’s packaging is more translucent, more in line with prior iterations, with a subtle gradient effect. 

Bronze Goddess is the definition of summer, bottled. If you’re not a fan of coconut and sun cream, then you won’t be a fan of Bronze Goddess. But to my comrades who love walking around smelling like a sexy piña colada, raise your hands up because your next bottle of Bronze Goddess is about to be available…soon.

Available: March 2015

Hudson + Bleecker Etoile Avion Cosmetic Case

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It’s like this brand, Hudson + Bleecker, had me in mind when they designed the ethereal, scintillating Etoile series of cases. I’m so happy to have discovered this brand amongst my Instagram followers, because this is a new favorite brand for me. The aesthetic is chic yet modern with a twist of classic and edge, and I’m completely hooked. Reel me in, fellas. I’m a goner.

Take this Etoile Avion Cosmetic Case, for example. The details are immaculate, the stitching is great, everything about the construction screams attention to detail (always a plus in my OCPD-mind). Everything is super functional, and with this case in particular, I love that it’s large enough to store makeup and brushes for a long trip if needed, but also has a skinny pouch inside that can be tossed into one’s purse on the go, filled with daily makeup essentials.

Grab the Etoile Cosmetic Case and more, over at Hudson + Bleecker.

Salon-Inspired Hair Color At Home

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My sister and I decided to take the plunge with box dye, and after reading a ton of your recommendations on my last post about the perils of at-home box dye, I took all of your comments to heart and asked my sister if I could dye her roots next time. I asked because she has slightly darker hair than mine, which means her roots are more visible (sorry sis!) and therefore we would be better able to tell if we could combat the number one issue with box dyes: that is, that roots are categorically treated the same as ends, when they shouldn’t. 

My sister’s hair is naturally thick, medium-to-fine in consistency, and she has a lot of it! She says that her hair tends to frizz in high humidity. She’s been dyeing her hair at home for years, always with the squeezie tubes, and finds that her hair color results in a lackluster finish.

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